EU Study Tour

Video montage of the 12th EU study tour, held in May 2015.

Application deadline for the 2022 EU Study Tour & Internship Program: 3 Dec 2021

Program dates: TBA (May 2022) 

What is the EU Study Tour?

The EU Field School and Internship program offers complete immersion into the European Union's institutions, evolution, and current issues through guided visits to the major institutions of the EU.  Building on fifteen years of successful tours, the Field School is grateful for the continued assistance of the European Commission and the Canadian Mission to the EU.

The Field School takes place annually in May, and over the course of three weeks students will visit Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Frankfurt, key sites of European Union institutions and civil society organisations. Students will engage with representatives of the EU’s administrative and political leadership, such as the European Commission, Parliament, Court of Justice, and Central Bank, along with other European organizations such as NATO, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Canadian Mission to the EU. The Tour is not simply an accredited course, it is a full immersion into European history, culture, and political formation, a program for self-directed and independent study.

In addition to the Field School, a number of qualified participants are offered internship opportunities with EU institutions and other organizations following completion of the Tour. The 2020 internships are two months in duration, and are typically completed by the beginning of August (occasionally the timing differs). Some EUFSIP participants have remained in Europe to work or live, as a result of the networks and experiences they gained in this program.

The EU Field School and Internship Program is organized by UVic and a network of Canadian universities involved in the Network for European studies (Canada). Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Interested students must first be pre-selected by their home university before they can proceed with their application to become a visiting student at UVic. (Most universities complete the pre-selections by early January of the Field School year.) After students have been approved by their home university, they can register for the Field School through UVic.

Take a look at previous programs: 

2019 Program Itinerary (updated May 21 2019)

2018 Program Itinerary (updated July 21 2018)

Find out how the EU study tour can impact your academic and professional pursuits.

International Stories:

Read past Study Tour participants' testimonials here. 

To catch up on what our 2019 EU Study Tour students were learning about, read their blog, hosted by EUCANET.  


Field School Application:

All applicants to the EU Field School first must apply at their home institution. Once incoming applications have been vetted, then the selected participants are required to register for the Field School at the Univeristy of Victoria. 

UVic Students must submit application forms, along with a cover letter and C.V. by 3 December 2021 to be considered for admission to the Field School. All UVic applicants are considered for a travel grant of up to $1,200, funded by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Students from participating universities will have internal, home institution deadlines, normally mid- to late December.


Tour Registration:

The registration deadline for all students is 4 February 2022.

Students from outside UVic must be pre-approved by their home institutions in order to register for the tour.

Once pre-approved by their home univeristy, visiting undergraduate and graduate students must apply to become a visiting student at UVic.

When this application has been processed, the Office of the Registrar will issue students a UVic student number and Netlink ID.

The program coordinator will then register all non-UVic students in EUS 390A or EUS 390B. UVic tuition fees will be assessed for all students enrolling in EUS 390A for 1.5 units of credit. Tuition fees must be paid by May 31st. 

Graduate students must become visiting students at UVic; however, under the Canadian Univeristy Graduate Transfer Agreement, they are not required to pay tuition fees. 


EU Study Tour Fees:

Tour fees for 2020 will range from $3,500 (network univeristy) to $3,800 (non-network university) CDN. This fee includes accommodations, internal travel within the EU, and occasional meals. However, it does not include the cost of airfare to and from Europe, or most meals. There is an additional $650 fee for the internship placement.

  • Tour fee: $3,500
  • Internship fee: $650
  • UVic tuition for EUS 390A (~$558.45 for Canadian and permanent residents in Canada; ~$2,167.47 for international students)

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Study materials are articles and other texts that all participants are expected to read in advance of departure. These materials are also used in preparation for several internal seminars held during the Tour. Depending on students' home institutions they may also be required to participate in common thematic assignments in order to receive academic credit for the Tour.

The students on the Study Tour have diverse backgrounds. Some are pursuing graduate level work in European studies and the European Union. Undergraduates, whio make up the majority of the participants, bring a diversity of EU-related experience and learning. We expect all students to be familiar with the scope of subjects covered in the textbooks and other readings in the Study Materials attachment. If you haven’t accomplished this in course work we strongly suggest you acquire a textbook on European Integration and read it before departure. 

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements for travel from Canada to Brussels and from Brussels to Canada.

CAUTION: Do not make travel arrangements until your application for participation in the Tour has been accepted and you have been asked to complete the Tour Registration package. If you are applying for an internship do not make RETURN travel arrangements until the internship is confirmed and you are advised of the period of the internship and the location.

Participants are required to have basic insurance.

Hotels of the Tour

Please see program itinerary for detailed information (next tab).

Room policy

All standard accommodations are included in the Tour fee. Accommodations are diverse: for most of the Tour, you will be asked to share a room with other tour participant(s) of the same gender, and can choose your roomate. If you wish to have a single room and are willing to pay the additional cost please contact us immediately after your application has been accepted. We will provide you with information on the single room supplement (based on previous years, the single room supplement could be approximately $1,250 CDN for the duration of the Tour, but prices vary).

2019 Program Itinerary (updated May 21 2019)